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Apr/15

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Toy-like Russia – Part 2

The second part of pictures showing the great variety of Russian landscapes, cities and towns. The first part can be found here: Toy-like Russia – Part 1. Photos by: Stepanov Slava.

Mirniy city in Yakutia

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Tula Kremlin, a stone fortress located in the center of Tula, is a monument of Russian defense architecture of the 16th century.

The fortress was built to protect the southern borders of the Russian state from the raids of Crimean Tatars. The photos were taken by Dimon Porter Gazin.

Tula Kremlin, Russia, photo 1

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During freeze-up (usually from the beginning of January till early May) Lake Baikal freezes completely, except for a small area of ​​15-20 km length located in the source of the Angara River.

By the end of winter, ice thickness on the lake reaches 1 m, and in bays – 1.5-2 m. During severe frosts, cracks break ice on separate fields. The length of cracks is about 10-30 km, the width – 2-3 m.

Frozen Lake Baikal, Russia, photo 1

mysteries of Baikal ice

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Apr/15

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Toy-like Russia – Part 1

Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of land area and length. The distance from Kaliningrad to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is about 7500 km, the time difference – 10 hours.

But if you go up in the air, big cities, endless fields, high mountains, powerful plants all of a sudden become like toys. The photos were taken by Stepanov Slava.

Red Square in Moscow

Toy-like Russia, photo 1

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Mar/15

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Znamenskaya Church in Veshalovka village

Veshalovka, a small village located in Lipetsk region, is known for its unique church – the Church of the Sign of Our Lady (Znamenskaya Сhurch), built in 1794.

It was constructed in the pseudo-Gothic style, which is not typical for this part of Russia. Today, the church is an architectural monument of national importance.

Znamenskaya Church, Lipetsk region, Russia, photo 1

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Mar/15

23

Ice fields of Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, located in Irkutsk region and Buryatia Republic, is known not only because it is the deepest lake in the world and the largest natural reservoir of fresh water, but also for its fantastically beautiful ice fields formed in winter time. The photos were taken by Anton Petrus.

Ice fields of Lake Baikal, Russia, photo 1

magnificent ice of Lake Baikal

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Karachay-Cherkessia Republic is a subject of the Russian Federation (population about 470 thousand people), a part of the North Caucasian Federal District.

The region is located in the foothills of the north-western Caucasus. About 80% of Karachay-Cherkessia Republic territory is situated in mountainous terrain providing favourable conditions for development of tourism, mountaineering and resort activities. The photos were taken by Timur Agirov.

Karachay-Cherkessia Republic mountains, Russia, photo 1

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Mar/15

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Early spring in the ancient town of Pskov

Pskov, located in the northwest of Russia, is one of the oldest cities in the country. For the first time it was mentioned in chronicles in 903.

Prior to the beginning of the 18th century, Pskov was one of the largest cities of Russia and Europe, major defense and trade center. Currently, the city is an important tourist destination. The photos were taken by Eduard Gordeev.

Early spring in Pskov city, Russia

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Saying goodbye to winter, let’s visit Belogorskiy monastery (1902-1917) – one of the main attractions of Perm region. It is located about 120 kilometers to the south of Perm, the capital city of the region.

This majestic building, standing on a hill called White Mountain, impresses with its size. The monastery is the seventh largest church in Russia. After the construction, it could accommodate up to 8,000 people. Belogorskiy monastery on Google Maps. The photos were taken by Andrey Kirnov.

Winter in Belogorskiy monastery, Perm region, Russia, photo 1

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About two years ago, we published a post with beautiful photos of an amazing natural phenomenon – snow caves formed near Mutnovsky volcano in Kamchatka.

Last year, access to the cave was blocked with snow, but this year things were better and we can again see this beauty. Mutnovsky volcano on Google Maps. The photos were taken by Denis Budkov.

Snow caves, Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

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